IAA Mobility 2021: The new German auto show will focus on autonomous electric vehicles and mobility


The IHS Markit team has outlined some expectations for IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich (September 7) and offers the following analysis and commentary before the show.

  • Implications: The showcase of German industry will start a new life in Munich, away from its old Frankfurt headquarters, when the IAA Mobility show kicks off on Tuesday.
  • View: The show is expected to be a new concept that moves away from the traditional static auto show to give hands-on demonstrations of new technologies, but it will also showcase a wide range of exciting new electric and autonomous vehicle concepts.

The IAA Mobility Motor Show kicks off on Tuesday (September 7) in Munich and the German industry showcase moves from its traditional location in Frankfurt. Reflecting the immense changes the automotive industry is currently going through, the show organizers sought to create a new, more dynamic concept, with an emphasis on hands-on demonstrations of the technology rather than just traditional static vehicle displays.

Audi will showcase the Grandsphere, the second of its three future-oriented autonomous battery electric vehicles (BEVs) that will help define the brand’s future technology landscape and style. The Grandsphere follows the August presentation of the Skysphere sports car concept and suggests what Audi’s future top-of-the-range luxury sedan will look like in terms of a possible replacement for the A8. The car boasts a dramatic, elegant and edgy styling that aims to create the feeling of a “private jet for the road”. Its length of 5.35 m contributes to underline the dramatic style of the car, which is dominated by an aggressive front and a large rear overhang; It will also have Level 4 Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technology, which will rest all screens and controls when used in this way for a clean and luxurious cabin environment. In addition, a 120kw / h battery pack will give the concept a range of over 750km.

BMW will unveil an exciting new concept vehicle that places a huge emphasis on recyclability during the event being hosted in his hometown. The company teased the i Vision Circular concept car, which will be 100% recyclable and “embodies the company’s claim to be the most sustainable manufacturer for individual premium mobility.” BMW will also offer passenger demonstrations of the new iX5 hydrogen fuel cell prototype vehicle. Visitors can be guided in the iX5 Hydrogen along the Blue Lane which connects major exhibition centers with other exhibition venues in central Munich. A small series of the BMW iX5 Hydrogen prototypes, developed using the ICE X5 as the base vehicle, will be used for demonstration and test purposes from the end of next year.

Dacia will show a new five- or seven-seater model, known as the jogger, later this week. The model will have a live online reveal today (September 3) before being shown at the IAA. The company said: “The Dacia Jogger is the best companion for (large) families. Versatile, it accompanies all family members on their daily adventures and their journeys in nature. With the pragmatic spirit that characterizes it, Dacia offers a vehicle that allows its customers to enjoy the simple pleasures of life with friends and family in complete freedom. ”Although the brand has not provided further details, Reuters reports that this new nameplate is designed to replace three vehicles: the Logan MCV station wagon and the Dokker and Lodgy based on light commercial vehicles (LCVs).

Mercedes Benz will show a new concept for a BEV version of the G-Class in Munich. Mercedes-Benz announced plans to electrify its iconic G-Class SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) last year and the EQG concept will point towards a production vehicle that goes on sale in 2024, according to an Autocar report. Mercedes-Benz designers will retain the G-Class ICE’s distinctive ‘two-box’ silhouette, though it will be updated, while the interior will utilize the latest display technology and design language as debuted on the recently launched EQS concept. A new one-piece front grille will be the biggest visual differentiator from the ICE-powered car, while new wheel designs and lightweight front and rear graphics will join a revamped rear that will help distinguish the EQG from the Class. G.

Porsche said it will launch a “future-oriented concept” at the Munich fair. The high-performance sports car and SUV maker posted a single image on Twitter of a complex LED headlight design, saying the company is “looking to the future” with the “world premiere of a future-oriented concept study” . The company is thought to be developing a BEV sports sedan that will fall in the range below the Taycan, which would be a natural rival to the Tesla Model 3 and the new BMW i4, although it’s also possible that the concept with preview something more radical. .

of the Renault Group Mobilize business will show its new Limo BEV sedan, designed to be used by on-call services such as taxis and private hire vehicles. The four-door vehicle was developed in collaboration with Renault’s Chinese partner Jiangling Motors Group (JMCG). It is said to measure 4.67m in length with a wheelbase of 2.75m; 1.83 m wide; and 1.47m tall, with a design that has a short hood and a deep roofline. The interior has an easy-to-clean satin finish, leather-look upholstery, while the dashboard benefits from a 10.25-inch instrument cluster and 12.3-inch central infotainment touchscreen. It also offers rear seat passengers 288mm of legroom, with room for three people, two USB ports and volume control knobs, adjustable air vents and book lights. The car has a 411 liter boat. The electric motor develops 110kW and 220Nm of torque giving it the ability to accelerate to 100km / h in 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 140km / h.

SEAT The Cupra brand is planning to show the UrbanRebel BEV concept, which is a “radical interpretation of a high-performance urban electric car”. The concept is based on the “MEB short” platform and is 4,080mm long, 1,795mm wide and 1,444mm high. The brand highlighted a number of key design details. These include the shark-nose front, which also benefits from a triangular headlight signature, while wraparound window graphics give the effect of a floating roof. Inspired by motor racing, the concept features an electric motor that delivers 250 kW of continuous power and a peak power of 320 kW. It is said to be capable of accelerating up to 100km per hour in just 3.2 seconds.

Volkswagen (VW) will reveal a “near production” version of the ID.5 GTX SUV coupe at the IAA. Prior to the disclosure, VW confirmed the MEB platform and claims it “stuns with its sleek design and powerful dual-engine all-wheel drive.” The ID.5 GTX will be a fully connected vehicle, capable of over-the-air (OTA) updates and equipped with Car2X technology for communication with other vehicles and infrastructure. The ID.5 GTX has IQ.Light LED matrix headlights, for a “cool” look that includes a light strip that tapers towards the VW logo and is combined with honeycomb elements on both sides. GTX is VW’s modern sports brand, as it used to have GTI, GTD and GTE in the past. The ID.5 has a motor on each axle with a lithium-ion battery and an expected range of 497km. VW has also confirmed that the ID.5 GTX will arrive in late 2022, with the standard model ID.5 to be revealed in late 2021 or early 2022, with first deliveries expected in the first quarter of 2022.

Perspectives and implications

As auto shows were postponed en masse due to the pandemic last year, it was decided last year that the September IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) auto show event would move from its traditional Frankfurt base to Munich and take on a new and dynamic format. The organizers of the show, the VDA, wanted to create a show that featured the industry’s shift towards providing mobility, away from the traditional static car show, with the range display, with the VDA focusing on “innovations, not on complete product ranges. “Instead of space for a full line of models, there will be space for conferences, press spaces and networking. The internal area of ​​the exhibition and the city center will be connected by a test track, called Blue Lane; Visitors will be able to experience new forms of mobility and low-emission propulsion technologies. Finally, there will be an Open Space aimed at the general public and business-to-consumer networking. However, while this attempt to introduce a new concept for an auto show is commendable and necessary, the creativity applied by both the VDA and the OEMs in attendance will be the key to the success of this and future editions. While traditional auto shows have seen attendance drop in recent years, both in terms of OEMs and visitor numbers, it’s hard to base a show entirely around demonstrations and the somewhat nebulous concept of “mobility”. There will still be an element of seeing and touching the physical vehicles that attendees will want to engage with. There is an excellent range of concepts on display from Audi’s ultra-premium space age grand sphere to taxi concepts for mass mobility, with AV technology and electrification as common themes.

Posted 03 September 2021 by Tim Urquhart, Principal Analyst – AutoIntelligence, Automotive, IHS Markit


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